Summer Reading List

Heritage Christian School’s summer reading program is designed to enrich and broaden the reading of students and to reinforce the college preparatory curriculum of the English Department. During the summer break, students will have the opportunity to choose one book they would like to read from the list of options for their grade level in the fall.  After reading the book of their choice, students will type up ten one-to-two sentence insights (including the page number of the insight) they enjoyed about the book which may relate to the themes, characters, plot, setting, etc.  If the students would like to earn extra credit, then they may choose only one additional book and complete the same assignment that they did for the required book.  These assignments will be due on the first day of school.

6th Grade

  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien
  • Gifted Hands by Ben Carson

7th Grade

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis

8th Grade

  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
  • The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Adler
  • The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

9th Grade

  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti

10th Grade

  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Gospel by J.D. Grear
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

11th Grade

  • Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  • The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane
  • Night by Elie Wiesel
  • My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

12th Grade

  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  • Through the Shadowlands by C.S. Lewis
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In: Lessons from an Extraordinary Life by Louis Zamperini

AP ENGLISH 11 (Language and Composition)

  • The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Billy Budd by Herman Melville

AP ENGLISH 12 (Literature and Composition)

  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Perelandra by C.S. Lewis
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • The Plague by Albert Camus
  • All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy